Feast on a twin city break in Marrakech and Fez
21 Nov 2017
- A new internal flight with Air Arabia Maroc makes a twin city break easier than ever
- Riad Farnatchi in Marrakech have opened a stylish new restaurant in the heart of Marrakech medina
- Palais Amani in Fez unveil a new rooftop cookery school
- A new 6 night foodie break includes accommodation, hammam & dining offers
There continue to be many UK – Marrakech flights but now the UK market can enjoy a twin city break arriving in Marrakech and departing from Fez thanks to a new internal flight. Fez airport is on track to receive one million passengers this year. In 2017, a new terminal was unveiled and Air Arabia Maroc announced a base at the airport. Many new destinations were added including a year-round twice weekly London Gatwick connection and an internal Fez – Marrakech flight on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Stylish new restaurant Le Trou au Mur, Marrakesh
The ultimate home from home in Marrakech, Riad Farnatchi is a lovingly converted collection of private houses at the heart of the bustling medina. A characterful, luxurious boutique hotel perfectly positioned to explore the souks and historical sites on the doorstep, run by charismatic hotelier James Wix & his dedicated team. With twenty-five staff to ten suites, Riad Farnatchi takes great pride in a wonderfully personalised service to all its guests. Boasting 10 exquisite bedrooms seamlessly fusing traditional authentic Moroccan style with modern European design, a peaceful courtyard pool, roof top dining with 360 degree views of Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains, as well as the Farnatchi Spa, a spoiling day Spa that opened last year.
Oct 2017 saw an exciting addition to the Marrakesh food scene with the opening of the stylish new Le Trou au Mur restaurant almost directly opposite Riad Farnatchi, offering a taste of ‘Forgotten Morocco’. A pioneering endeavour to share some of the interesting dishes and vibrant rich flavours of Morocco’s vanishing past, the menu embraces traditional recipes passed down through generations. Guests can expect buttery, tender slow roasted mechoui from the traditional clay oven, Berkouse and Cherchma as well as a few modern British twists such as Berber shepherd’s pie. The elegant and lively restaurant, combines traditional Moroccan craftsmanship and unique modern furnishings, spans three levels so diners can choose a romantic open-air dinner on the roof garden or in the main restaurant with its warming log fire. The carefully curated and lengthy Martini cocktail list is already proving to be immensely popular.
For visitors looking to relax the luxurious, elegant and light filled Farnatchi Spa that opened just last year boasts 4 spacious treatment rooms with showers, two magnificent marble hammams and an extensive range of Ila Spa treatments from simple, effective head and shoulder massages to hugely spoiling 2 hour rituals of indulgence.
Located at one of the most significant entrances to the Fez medina is Palais Amani, Fez’s leading independent hotel. Home to 15 suites and bedrooms, this art deco building was partly rebuilt in the 1930s and is today one of the main destinations in Fez with its restaurant, roof top bar, cookery school and basement hammam all open to non-residents also. Palais Amani showcases the finest authentic and traditional Moroccan decoration. A large garden of 600m2 is at the centre of the palace filled with orange trees where birds, permanent residents here, provide the birdsong in this tranquil haven.
A new rooftop cookery facility has just been unveiled offering wonderful views of the medina. Throughout a morning tour of the souks gathering ingredients with the head chef, guests will encounter some hidden foodie spots that tourists may not always find. With all the ingredients in a basket it is back to Palais Amani for a two hour cookery demonstration with the chef. Here guests will learn how best to use Moroccan ingredients including a vast selection of spices to create traditional dishes. Guests later sit down to enjoy their own lunch on the stunning terrace. All guests on the Cookery Break take home a Palais Amani apron, a mini basket of spices and detailed recipe sheets to recreate the new recipes back home. Cookery classes include:
- Tajine and side dishes (€97 private or €77 part of a group)
- Moroccan breads and pastries (€67 private)
The hammam is designed in true Moroccan style lit only by candle light and complete with a hot room, an exfoliation room, separate showers and a luxury relaxation chamber.
6 night break at Palais Amani and Riad Farnatchi:
Arrive in Fez on Saturday with the new Air Arabia Maroc flight from London Gatwick and stay three nights and take the Air Arabia Maroc flight between Fez and Marrakech on the Tuesday and stay three nights and return from Marrakech to the UK on the Friday:
10% off the best available rate at Palais Amani
30% off Amani Cooking workshop
Complimentary tapas on one evening
www.palaisamani.com B&B is priced from around £180 per room per night (From £162 with offer)
10% off the best available rate at Riad Farnatchi
Complimentary Martini cocktail at Le Trou au Mur
20% reduction on all Ila Spa treatments of 1hr or more
www.riadfarnatchi.com B&B is priced from £240 per room per night (From £215 with offer)